During the first quarter of the year, Peru's agricultural exports were boosted by the tons (MT) exported by the fresh fruit subsector, going from 317 thousand MT in 2018 to 482 thousand MT (+52%) between January and March 2019, according to information from AGAP.
Grapes led exports with 191 thousand MT, i.e. 62% more than the first quarter of 2018. They were followed by mango with 147 thousand MT (+28%), organic banana with 71 thousand MT (+29%), the pomegranate with 23 thousand MT (+168%), avocado with 21 thousand MT (+96%), blueberry with 18 thousand MT (+571%), and citrus fruit with 6 thousand MT (+66%).
Exports of these products generated US $ 742 million in foreign currency, 8% more than the US $ 690 million achieved in the same period of the previous year.
The fresh vegetables subsector exported 71 thousand MT (+31%), led by onions with 45 thousand MT (+42%), asparagus with 20 thousand MT (+24%), garlic with 4 thousand MT, pumpkin with 2 thousand MT, and capsicum with 197 TM.
Exports of fresh vegetables registered shipments of US $ 76 million for the first three months of this year.
As a whole, the country exported a total of 552 thousand MT (+49%) of fresh fruits and vegetables for US $ 818 million, i.e. 6% more than the US $ 772 million achieved during the first quarter of 2018.
Exports of other products, such as coffee and cocoa, amounted to 26 thousand MT and 17 thousand MT, respectively, while ginger recorded 3 thousand MT.
The main destination of the country's fresh fruits and vegetables during this period was the Netherlands, with 137 thousand MT. It was followed by the United States with 179 thousand MT, Hong Kong with 31 thousand MT, Spain with 30 thousand MT, the United Kingdom with 21 thousand MT, China with 19 thousand MT, Mexico with 13 thousand MT, Panama with 12 thousand MT, and finally, South Korea and Russia with 11 thousand MT each.
The performance of the agro-export sector during this first quarter grew by 5.17%, registering shipments for US $ 1,497 million, which allows it to continue to be the country's second export sector.